The 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival

    August 11, 2018 – August 18, 2018 all-day
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    Robert F Wagner Jr Park
    20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

    Battery Dance


    The 37th Annual

    Battery Dance Festival

    in association with Battery Park City Authority

    August 11 – 18, 2018

    Free Opening Night Outdoor Movie
    Moving Stories
    August 11, 2018
    8:00 – 9:30pm
    Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

    Free Outdoor Performances
    August 12 to 17, 2018
    7:00 – 9:00pm
    Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

    Free Indoor Closing Event + VIP Reception
    August 18, 2018
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    The Schimmel Center

    Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival with performances from August 12-17, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 18, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University.  For more information, visit  Tickets for August 18 will be available beginning 8/1.

    In addition to the live performances, there will be a screening of the film Moving Stories held in the Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 8pm. Moving Stories, which recently premiered at the MoMa Doc Fortnight Festival, follows Battery Dance’s dancers as they travel to India, Romania, Korea, and Iraq working with at-risk youth through the Dancing to Connect program. With just one week to teach the tools of choreography and collaboration to the youth in preparation for a final performance, the film captures the struggle, frustration, determination, and transformation of both students and teachers. Moving Stories is a film by Sundance Award-winning director Rob Fruchtman, writer-producer Cornelia Ravenal, filmmaker Mikael Södersten, and producer Wendy Sax.

    Established by Battery Dance in 1982 the Battery Dance Festival (BDF) is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people.

    The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Elisa Monte have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

    “Having the opportunity to perform and teach around the world, it is only natural that we would bring back to our home in lower Manhattan the amazing treasures we discover overseas,” said Jonathan Hollander, artistic director of Battery Dance. “With countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America this summer, we will celebrate and explore vibrant forms of dance in a setting that represents New York’s history as a destination for immigrants.”

    This year’s featured artists include the best of New York City as well as dancers from Botswana, Canada, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Spain, and a collection of India’s greatest Kathak dancers.

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Dancers Seeking Refuge (Battery Dance)

    Ariel Rivka Dance Company


    Martha Graham School

    Caterina Rago Dance Company

    Battery Dance


    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Iker Karrera Dance Company

    Douglas Dunn + Dancers

    JOIN Ensemble

    Jamal Jackson Dance Company

    AThomas Project


    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Battery Dance

    Asya Zlatina and Dancers

    Iker Karrera Dance Company

    DANAKA | Dana Katz

    Citadel + Compagnie (Canada)


    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Parul Shah Dance Company

    Sandip Mallick (India)

    Anuj Mishra, Kantika Mishra and Neha Singh (India)

    Piyush Chauhan and Preeti Sharma (India)


    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company

    Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

    Citadel + Compagnie (Canada)

    Paranoyak Crew

    Skopje Dance Theater (Macedonia)


    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Damir Tasmagambetov (Kazakhstan)

    Ballet Nepantla

    Paranoyak Crew

    Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana)


    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Battery Dance

    Skopje Dance Theater (Macedonia)

    Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana)


    Support for the 2018 Battery Dance Festival

    American Express, Lead Sponsor; Public Funds have been provided by New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s Office, New York City & Company Foundation via Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Office. Generous sponsorship provided by Holiday Inn Manhattan- Financial District, Goldman Sachs, Fund for the City of New York, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Consulate General of India in New York, State Bank of India, Canada Arts Council, Consulate General of Spain in New York, Spain Arts and Culture, Botswana Tourism Organization, Ministry of Culture of Gabon, Gabon Federation of Urban Dance, Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, Interart, Weill Cornell Medicine, Downtown Alliance.


    Battery Dance created its outdoor festival in 1982 as part of its engagement with its home community of lower Manhattan where it has been based since its founding in 1976.  As one of America’s leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date.